Shippin' Out 4/17-4/21: Final Fantasy XI Online, Brain Age

The Xbox 360's first MMORPG and the Nintendo DS brainteaser join Dreamfall in stores this week.

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Just under 100 years ago, San Francisco was all but destroyed by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent firestorm. A century later, the news is much less earth-shattering--unless you have been waiting for the sequel to The Longest Journey.

Yes, after three years in development, Funcom's Dreamfall: The Longest Journey has finally made it to the Xbox and PC. It joins a host of other games shipping this week on a variety of platforms. The highest-profile releases come from Square Enix. The publisher is not only releasing an expansion to Final Fantasy XI for the PC and PlayStation 2, it is also releasing Final Fantasy XI Online, which combines the two titles and all other FFXI expansion into one Xbox 360 game. Though the game was originally released in 2003 on the other platforms, it will be the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game for Microsoft's next-generation console.

If Japanese RPGs aren't your thing, this week will see another major release, but of the more puzzling kind. Yes, after taking Japan by storm, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day will finally hit American DSs. It marks the sole release for any Nintendo platform for the week--besides Blades of Thunder 2 for the DS, that is.

APRIL 17, 2006
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (PC, Xbox)
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (DS)
World Poker Tour (PSP)

APRIL 18, 2006
Atari Racing Collection (PC)
Blades of Thunder 2 (DS)
Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition (PC)
Final Fantasy XI Online (Xbox 360)
Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan (PS2, PC)
Franklin: A Birthday Surprise (PS2)
Take Command: 2nd Manassas (PC)
Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT (PS2)
Puzzle Challenge: Crosswords & More! (PS2, PSP)
WRC: FIA World Rally Championship (PSP)
SnoCross 2: Featuring Blair Morgan (PS2, Xbox)

APRIL 19, 2006
Atari Flying Bundle (PC)
Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg (PC)

APRIL 20, 2006
Xpand Rally (PC)
Pet Soccer (PC)

APRIL 21, 2006
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (PC)
Magic Match (PC)
Super Collapse 3 (PC)

Discussion

42 comments
UltimaCloudX
UltimaCloudX

This message is intended for those that have not played Final Fantasy XI or any MMO: I played FInal Fantasy XI for 3 years; was end game for 2 years... Just to warn you, this type of game is NOT pick-up-and-play, you need to invest many, many many hours in this game to truly appreciate it. I only say this warning for reasons of someone's comment on the disclaimer at the start of the game where it warns you not to forget your friends, family, school or work. I know it sounds corny and cheesy at first, but I promise you, if you dont heed that warning, you will be very sad, lonely and/or broke when you decide to quit this game. Once you reach end-game status, you will be into linkshells with the sole purpose of killing the toughest, meanest things in the game. While this is incredibly fun, (and for some linkshells can last many hours O.O); the respawn on these HNM's are 24 hours, with several "windows" of which they can spawn. This can be a VERY time consuming process as you need to be on each day at roughly the same time unless the monster was pushed back or held longer than it normally takes (which usually has lots of drama involved too -_- ) I do not bash this game in any way since it was one of the best videogame experiences I've ever had, but it was also one of the hardest things to leave, as the people are real people, not all npc's, and emotions can get involved. Know what you are going into, and if you decide you want to take that path, try to remember the disclaimer and above all, your significant others. Everyone will have to grow up and out of this type of genre at some point in their lives unless this genre can make some changes towards not making it so time intensive to be "living another life" (and I say this with respect) in a game. Thank you for your time, and enjoy.

aatish_n
aatish_n

haha, while reading the intro I was like 'What is this?' Good job Gamespot!

samekila
samekila

i played the demo on 360 love it never liked FF but I gave it a chance and love it plus I dont have a p2 or a good pc so i wont it on the 360 so whut it came out 3 years ago I still play my sega gen at least there giving me an option to play FPS or something xbox never had the more the better im getting married to my 360 this week

kappachan
kappachan

FFXI Treasures of Aht Urghan, me wants now!

terrabreak13
terrabreak13

FFXI is a fun game. I didn't give it a chance in 2003 because it was MMO and didn't consider it a FF game. After playing the beta on the 360 I can't wait to transfer my character. You either love it or hate it. To me it's like crack. Addictive.

quadonet
quadonet

Blades of Thunder 2 is already out. I'm holding it in my hand right at this moment..

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

I'll probably eventually try out Brain Age. Sometimes I just don't feel like blowing stuff up or scoring touchdowns. It's then that I have cravings for something more cerebral...

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

once again, the not so final fantasy...

Nafda
Nafda

Woah, what a deal, buying a game that's been out on PC and PS2, along with paying it's monthly fees on top of whatever extra costs for X-box live. Yeah, get Brain Age, sharpen up that grey matter, X-fanboys.

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

For those that will be playing FFXI for the first time on the 360, please don't forget your real world friends, family, and the great outdoor. Happy walking...

supersaiyanjohn
supersaiyanjohn

Oh there is one game that I and maybe a bunch of other importers are looking forward to on April 20th.....MOTHER 3!!!

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Nothing interesting this week... next!

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

brain age is worth the 20 bucks

1425678786655
1425678786655

FFXI FOR 360!!!! FIANLLY I CAN GET IT FOR THAT TOO!!!! :D i have it for pc and ps2 also but my PC sucks so im lookin forward to this alot

thekey
thekey

The more 360 hits the better, Bring it on!!!!

Paulf001
Paulf001

I am looking forward to Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan, this is the expansion that adds many new quests, and missions, and new jobs. This is great for people that play FFXI.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth = Masterpiece

DarthUltima
DarthUltima

There are many MMO's on the PC that are far superior to FFXI. It's not a bad game, but there are others that are better.

automaticsnake
automaticsnake

Only thing interesting i see is Dreamfall for PC, i'l wait for the review.

mattmarr
mattmarr

Call of Ktulu is definitely an awesome song off of Ride the Lightning, but I'm gonna have to go with For Whom the Bell Tolls.

OPOLO
OPOLO

No FFXI for my 360 - I'm going to pass on this and hope others (new MMORPG) come along. I played this game to long & a lot on the PS2, and made lots of real life money selling Gil & Characters

yunasbane
yunasbane

FFXI is a very fun game and I for one am buying it on the 360. This is a big step for the 360 as it will prove whether live players want to invest the time in an MMO. I mean face it the average 360 gamer likes action games.

digimonkey
digimonkey

Brain Age!!! Cool. I know a few people who desparately NEED this game...

RandyAU93
RandyAU93

I have noticed that video games generally do not show up until Wednesday of a given week. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule. However, just like new DVDs and music arrive on Tuesdays, video games pop up on Wednesdays. But maybe that's just down here in the South ...

DixieNormS
DixieNormS

Well, I was hoping that there would be plenty more games coming out. Specially for the 360, But I guess I will have to wait. Either way there is plenty to do on the 360 anyways.

jolly1976
jolly1976

What is high way lobbery? I've heard of highway robbery, but wow, I guess I haven't heard of everything.

TryMe01
TryMe01

brain age is only $20 on the DS, cheaper than any other newly released game, period. Who wouldnt buy it 'sage_black'!! :P

decebal
decebal

This FF is online. Some people love it some hate it. I love the series... but i'm not into mmo.

mr_montoya85
mr_montoya85

So nothin good coming out this week. Damn when r the good games coming out?

xbox_gamer1
xbox_gamer1

I have never played a final fantasy game, are they eany good. I wont buy it maybe rent it.

UMCP
UMCP

That final Fantasy game is not even worth buying... how much is it 60 dollars?Jesus... that's a high way lobbery. This game was out on pc and ps2 since 2003...

devron
devron

Uhhh....Black Sage.....*lots* of people are looking forward to Brain Age. I, for one, was looking for it today. Who *doesn't* want to know how they rank on that game. Not to mention it's just quick fun.....have you ever tried looking at a word and saying the color of the word instead of the word? Not the easiest thing in the world. And for 20 bucks? you should open your mind. BTW - Looks like it won't be in some stores until tomorrow or Wed. (Was anybody else able to get a copy?)

nazart81
nazart81

final fantasy for the 360, finally!!!!

decebal
decebal

DREAMFALL!!!! FiNALLY after 7 YEARS!!! Not to mention Brain Age. This week is huge! I dunno what you're talking about.

Black_Sage89
Black_Sage89

Why would anybody in the US buy brain age?

sj41
sj41

No big releases scheduled for this week. Not that enough games aren't out already.